I don’t know if I was just oblivious before Jeff’s accident, but since then, I’ve known a lot of people who have had brain injuries. My story is out there now, so people definitely reach out to me more now than they did before.
It has also made me realize how many people have endured some type of tragedy. Whether it’s a brain injury, a heart attack, cancer, the loss of a child, and the list goes on… most people have endured something difficult in their lives.
However, instead of sharing the story, we often keep it inside. We don’t want people to feel sorry for us, or look on us with pity, so we don’t say anything.
But we have gone through it for a reason. Maybe you haven’t figured out the reason yet. By sharing your story with someone else, they may have new insight that could help you come to terms with it.
It can also help the other person come to terms with their own tragedy, if you would just share with them.
It’s difficult to share our hurts with others. We fear judgment, vulnerability, and looks of pity. Or maybe, we don’t share because we don’t want to burden someone else with our problems.
But what if it is the one thing that will bring hope to someone else’s life? You don’t have to share every detail, but when you open up your life to others, it opens a path of healing.
What have you gone through that you are afraid or think would be a burden to share?